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Selcuk Acar

Selcuk . Acar

Assistant Professor
(716) 878-6223
Campus Addess: Chase Hall 239

Selcuk Acar is an assistant professor and the coordinator of leadership minor program at the International Center for Studies in Creativity. His research and teaching interests include creativity, leadership, and gifted education. He earned his Ph.D in educational psychology from the University of Georgia, where he studied creativity, divergent thinking, and the education of the gifted and talented. Before that, he received his M.A. in gifted education from Istanbul University, Turkey. He studied leadership skills of the gifted students in his master's thesis.

Dr. Acar presented his research at the major conferences and published many of them in the peer-reviewed journals. Most of his studies utilized quantitative methods and he is interested in applying advanced quantitative methods in his research.


Acar's Google Scholar Page.

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Runco, M. A., Acar, S., & Cayirdag, N. (2017). A closer look at the creativity gap and why students are less creative at school than outside of school. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 24, 242–249.

Acar, S., & Runco, M. A. (2017). Latency predicts category switch in divergent thinking. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 11, 43-51.

Acar, S., Sen, S., & Cayirdag, N. (2016). Consistency of performance and non-performance methods in gifted identification: A Multilevel meta-analytic review. Gifted Child Quarterly, 60, 81-101.

Puccio, G. J., & Acar, S. (2015). Creativity will stop you from being promoted – right? Wrong! A comparison of creative thinking preferences across organizational levels. Business Creativity and Creative Economy, 1, 4-12.

Acar, S., & Runco, M. A. (2015). Thinking in multiple directions: Hyperspace categories in divergent thinking. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 9, 41-53.

Acar, S., & Runco, M. A. (2014). Assessing associative distance among ideas elicited by tests of divergent thinking. Creativity Research Journal, 26, 229-238.

Acar, S., & Sen, S. (2013). A multilevel meta-analysis of the relationship between creativity and schizotypy. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 7, 214-228.

Acar, S., & Runco, M. A. (2012). Psychoticism and Creativity: A meta-analytic review. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 6, 341-350.

Runco, M. A., & Acar, S. (2012). Divergent thinking as an indicator of creative potential. Creativity Research Journal, 24, 1–10.

Runco, M. A., Noble, E. P., Reiter-Palmon, R., Acar, S., Ritchie, T. L., & Yurkovich, J. M. (2011). The genetic basis of creativity and ideational fluency. Creativity Research Journal, 23, 376–380.

Runco, M. A., Millar, G., Acar, S., & Cramond, B. (2010). Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking as predictors of personal and public achievement: A fifty year follow-up. Creativity Research Journal, 22, 361–368.

Runco, M. A., & Acar, S. (2010). Do tests of divergent thinking have an experiential bias? Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 4, 144-148.

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries

Puccio, G. J., Mance, M., & Acar, S. (2017). Creative leadership among executives and managers. In M. Mumford (Ed.). Handbook of creative leadership (pp. 359–383). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Acar, S., & Runco, M. A. (2012). Creative abilities: Divergent thinking. In M. Mumford.  (Ed.).  Handbook of organizational creativity (pp. 115-140). London; Waltham, MA: Elsevier/Academic Press. 

Acar, S. (2011). Asynchronicity. In: M. A. Runco, & S. R. Pritzker (Eds.) Encyclopedia of creativity, (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 72-77). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Acar S. (2011). Matthew, Pygmalion, and Founder Effects. In: M. A. Runco, and S. R. Pritzker (Eds.) Encyclopedia of creativity, (2nd Ed., vol. 2, pp. 75-81). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Presentations and Proceedings

Acar, S., & Sen, S. (2013). The relationship between creativity and schizotypy: A multilevel meta-analysis. American Educational Research Association’s 2013 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Sen, S., & Acar, S. (2012, August). Development of Person-Environment Fit Scale: A new measure of creativity. American Psychological Association's 120th Annual Convention, Orlando, FL., USA.

Acar, S., & Cayirdag, N., & Noparat, S. (2011, November). Schizophrenia and creativity: A meta-analytic review. NAGC 58th Annual Convention & Exhibition, New Orleans, LA., USA.

Acar, S., & Cayirdag, N. (2011, August). The relationship between creativity and psychoticism: A meta-analytic Review. American Psychological Association's 119th Annual Convention, Washington, DC, USA

Sen, S., Acar, S., & Cayirdag, N. (2011, July). Predictors of macro-creativity: Role of socio-cultural factors. The 12th European Congress of Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.

Acar, S., & Cayirdag, N. (2011, April). Creativity and mental illnesses: A meta-analytic review. American Educational Research Association’s 2011 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Cayirdag, N., Acar, S. (2010, November). Creativity in the movies. NAGC 57th Annual Convention & Exhibition, Atlanta, GA.

Nixon, C. B., Acar, S., Bradshaw, L., Bramlett, A., Chen, Y. F., Jimenez, A., Lee, S., Raczynski, K., Sen, S. & Kim, S. (2010, July). Analyses of items with multiple choices. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychometric Society, Athens, GA.

Cayirdag, N., & Acar, S. (2010). Relationship between styles of humor and divergent thinking. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2, 3236–3240. World Conference on Educational Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey.

Acar, S., & Cayirdag, N. (2009, November). Leadership skills of gifted students from different educational environments. NAGC 56th Annual Convention & Exhibition, St. Louis, MO, USA.

Acar, S., & Ogurlu, U. (2009, October). The relationship between divergent thinking, convergent thinking and academic achievement. 18th National Conference Educational Sciences, Izmir, Turkey.

Acar, S. (2009, August). A Turkish family profile of children with giftedness in leadership. 18th World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children, Vancouver, Canada.

Acar, S., & Cayirdag, N. (2007, October). How can positive psychology contribute to gifted education?  9th National Guidance and Psychological Counseling Congress, Izmir, Turkey.

Cayirdag, N., & Acar, S. (2007, September). Validity and reliability studies of Roets` Leadership Rating Scale. 16th National Educational Sciences Congress, Tokat, Turkey.


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